Intrepid Travels

Vessel Name: Intrepid Elk
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer catamaran 51
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Robert and Revle Elks
16 May 2017
06 October 2016
30 September 2016
22 September 2016
18 September 2016
17 September 2016
14 September 2016
13 September 2016
12 September 2016
10 September 2016
04 September 2016
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31 August 2016
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16 May 2017

Cherbourg encore

We are reunited with Intrepid Elk after a winter/summer separation and it is good to be home again. IE has had a facelift and her shiny white hulls are dazzling once more. She has a beautiful new bimini (shade cover) over the helm seat, which Robert designed and which was fabricated in Portsmouth and [...]

06 October 2016

IE preparation for winter

Our sailing days for this year are over and we are once again busy getting IE ready for a winter in the northern hemisphere. This year, she will be in the water for most of the time, with a short interlude on land in a large painting shed, where she will have her hulls painted. In order to get her into [...]

30 September 2016

Cherbourg, France

It was an inky black moonless night as we slipped out of the river and across the sand bar with fishing vessel Emma Louise behind us. Revle was on the bowsprit with a spotlight looking for hazards ahead. I was at the helm, peering at our chartplotter and concentrating on following our inward track. [...]

22 September 2016

Plymouth

We made a motoring passage of 35 miles to Plymouth Sound, then battled against strong currents up the Tamar River to an anchorage at West Mud where we spent a peaceful night. Plymouth has been a major naval base for centuries and we had some close encounters with modern navy ships in the harbour. We [...]

18 September 2016

Falmouth

Our passage to Falmouth took us past The Lizard, a projecting headland with a ferocious tidal race. We passed a little too close and got caught in the race which was too bumpy for comfort. Approaching the Falmouth harbour, we had the excitement of crossing our track from June 2015 when we made landfall [...]

17 September 2016

Newlyn

We left the Isles of Scilly early in the morning to catch a light northerly wind to Land's End and the fishing port of Newlyn, just south of Penzance. We couldn't believe our luck, having another gentle passage through one of the most treacherous and notorious waterways in northern Europe. We galloped [...]

Aegina

17 July 2014
Sunday morning dawned and we headed once more for Aegina Island. Despite a forecast for very light winds, we were blessed with wonderful winds, both strength and direction, and we had a glorious sail through the Methana channel and anchored in a pretty bay on the south of the island. As the sun was setting, we looked up and to our horror noticed three large signs, all in Greek, with an unmistakable symbol of an anchor with a line through it. Realising we were breaking all the rules by staying there, we decided that it was too late to move and that we would raise anchor and leave at first light. All night long, we each noticed the signs floodlit every time we got up, and by morning we couldn't wait to get out of there. Without much thought, we took off and headed for the main harbour, only to realise that the 20-25 knot headwinds and choppy seas would mean that the NW anchorages to which we were headed would be completely exposed to the weather. Back we turned, heading further around the south of the island, and tucked ourselves in to a sheltered bay to await calmer seas before trying again to reach the harbour and our promised berth for the next 5 days.
Aegina town is a bustling, lively place with a blend of locals and tourists that seems to work for everyone. There is a relaxed atmosphere, despite the busyness of the place: ferries arriving at frequent intervals, boats jostling for a berth, fruit sellers pressing you to buy from their van or boat. There is always something to watch!
The time here has been well spent with access to equipment and skilled workers to do repairs, as well as good yacht chandlers and general shopping. We have had the boat washed and polished, the damaged gelcoat repaired, and extended anchor chain installed.
We caught the "Flying Dolphin" to Piraeus to buy many metres of mooring line (brought back to the boat in our faithful trolley) and have more than filled the time available. We have been busy! The last day of our stay was highlighted by the arrival of Richard. He stepped off the Dolphin after a journey that had taken him from Perth to Singapore, then Istanbul, then Athens, and finally to Piraeus to catch the ferry. He arrived in the middle of the day, with time for a cooling swim, some octopus and a rapid introduction to our new life aboard IE.
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